ENGLAND's young match fishing teams have been selected and will be gunning for gold medals at their World Championships this summer.
Trials were announced earlier this year, as the the main men behind the Angling Trust-run England set-ups prepared to unearth, and assess, the cream of youth and intermediate level match fishing talent.
The Sensas U18 and Drennan U23 Team England squads have now been confirmed and they’ll be starting their preparations soon to compete on the Smedervo Canal in Serbia at their respective World Championships in August 2015.
U23 manager Mark Downes narrowed down his search for a team after a difficult second trial at Makins Fishery in Warwickshire where anglers had to cope with some gale force winds in their efforts to be selected.
The England Under 23s team is:
- Rory Jones
- Sam Hughes
- Matt Barnett
- Alex Clements
- Tom Hobbs
Rory and Sam and Alex retain their places from last year while they are joined by Tom Hobbs from Oxford and Matt Barnet from Hampshire who steps up from the U18s.
Mark Downes said: “We have a good squad this year despite losing 3 of our team from last year. Hopefully the fishing in Serbia will be a big improvement on last year’s venue in Holland which in turn will bring the best out in our team.
“Congratulations to Tom Hobbs who did extremely well in both sessions and Matt Barnett who already has had plenty of experience at the U18 level.”
Steve Sanders reveals 15-17-year-olds
The Sensas U18 team also came as a result of a successful trial at Makins.
And, a few days later, Steve Sanders announced his line-up of anglers who will compete in the World Championships.
The England Under 18s team is:
- Bradley Gibbons, 17, Bracknell
- George Organ, 16, Gloucester
- Jake McNeill, 17, Rotherham
- Joshua Smith Trow, 16, Manchester
- Kristian Jones, 15, Ellesmere Port
Graduates from the England Talent Pathway feature heavily in the 2015 squad with previous participants Jake McNeil and Joshua Smith-Trow lining up alongside 2014-15 graduate Kristian Jones.
England will be looking to go one better in Serbia and bring back the gold following their silver medal in Netherlands in 2014.
The Angling Trust said: “We wish the Youth teams the very best of luck competing this year, and also thank their sponsors Drennan and Sensas for their continued support.”